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thank you so much for showing us how to make the actual drum shade but if I want to make one and hang it over my kitchen table, how do I make the actual lighting part of it??? Is that something that I can do with some basic electrical skills?? Where do I buy the actual "chandelier" part - aside from the shade?? Thanks so much!!!! I live in Memphis, otherwise I would definitely sign up for one of your classes. Thx!!

Judy Lake

Hi Wendy, Good question- I can't give you a super perfect answer. The first one I made for my house I had the electrician hard wire it in my ceiling. At that time I used an uno top(threaded) with an uno socket; this made it easier to swap shades. All I had to do was unthread the shade and put a new one on. To make the large uno top I had to epoxy an uno socket onto the washer top as the unos tops don't come that wide (it was 12" top) Now that same ceiling fixture has a drum lampshade clipped on upside down....(shoemaker job, oh well).
My shop has a washer top shade threaded onto a cord and just tacked up, but I do not suggest this. I am always selling the shade so I need to be able to take it down.
I have seen Ballard Designs selling kits, but not sure how they work; I haven't seen them.

I RECOMMEND having it hard wired into ceiling and up to code. Find a fun ceiling canopy and nice cord.It'll be easy if there is already a chandelier already there or other light socket.

Dawn K

Thank you so very much for your tutorial! I blogged about our success here:

judy lake

Hi Dawn, Your blog and new lampshade are great. Love the fabric you choose. You ought to let the kids do a shade. There is a project in my book for kids. They'll have fun.
Thanks for commenting and keep on going!

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